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1985 Nauticat 40 Aurora

Aurora entering Woods Hole near Nobska Point. Taken before Stack Pack and new boom added.




Specifications and Equipment:

Builder: Siltala Yachts Oy Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
LOA: 40' LWL: 32' 9" Beam: 13' 1"
Displacement: 30865 Draft: 5' 10" Bridge Clearance: 62" 6"
Ballast: 9480
Engine(s): Ford Lehmann Engine(s) HP: 90 Engine Model: 2722E
Hours: 3661 Cruising Speed: 6.5-7.8 Max Speed: 8.2
Fuel: 211 Water: 211 Holding: 50


The Nauticat 40

Aurora is an excellent example of how a pilothouse cutter ketch can be designed for speed, comfort, and safety. Under sail, the cutter-ketch rig offers many configurations from staysail only, to jib and jigger, to a full press of sail including spinnaker. Under power, the efficient hull configuration allows a cruising speed of 7+ kts at a diesel consumption rate of 1.5 - 2.0  gph. At anchor, the Nauticat 40  provides many areas to hang out including a wide open space on the forward deck, a large poop deck aft, a nice safe cockpit tucked in behind the dodger, and best of all, a cozy pilothouse for those cold, rainy days; all with a giant picture window to the anchorage.


Aurora's  aft cabin has a center line queen bed, 5 opening ports, an overhead hatch, a settee to port, and copious storage in hanging lockers, shelves, and cubby holes. There is an ensuite head with separate shower.

The forward cabin has a vee berth arrangement with filler, an upper berth to port, a large overhead hatch, a hanging locker, and abundant storage under and over the berths.  

Next aft is the galley with a cooking area to port and a single berth to starboard with privacy curtain and a weather cloth making it suitable for offshore sleeping. 

Also on the starboard side between the forward cabin and the Galley is a head w/ handheld shower, a dedicated holding tank, and storage cabinets above and below the sink. 

Next aft and the center of on-board living, is the spacious pilot house with a large dinette and settee to port and a complete inside steering station with electronics, bow thruster control, etc. on the starboard side. From this space there is a panoramic view of the surroundings rarely found in any pilot house boat. There are many reading and work lights as well as red lighting for night sailing. All port-lights have curtains or screens for privacy. The SSB control head is located just aft of the settee for easy use.

Of note:

  • Pilot house and aft cabin curtains have been recently updated
  • Pressure H&C water for galley and heads
  • Foot pump freshwater in both heads and galley
  • Automatic sump pump for aft shower and A/C condensation
  • Lavac (Blake) heads
  • Eberspacher (Espar) diesel-fired heater ducted to all cabins
  • Ocean Breeze 16k BTU air conditioning in 3 cabins
  • Quiet fans in all cabins
  • 12 V DC outlets in most cabins
  • Red night lights in most cabins



To port there is an efficient counter with double sink and stove, many cabinets and drawers, and a large refrigerator/ice box.  To starboard is a freezer beneath an athwartships counter, a small dinette and settee, and full length sea berth. 

Of note: 

  • Spice and utensil racks
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Recent Force Ten 3-burner LPG gimbaled stove w/ oven and broiler!
  • Remote LPG valve switch
  • Double S/S sink with H&C pressure water
  • Charcoal filtered water (throughout boat)
  • Pressure seawater faucet
  • Large top-loading refrigerator  w/ SeaFrost 12V refrigeration
  • Engel freezer with extra insulation
  • (2) Opening hatches and two dorade vents
  • Vast amounts of storage in cabinets, lockers, under-floor, under settee, etc.
  • Built-in book rack


  • Garmin 2210 Chartplotter
  • Raymarine RL70C (2 - upper and lower)
  • Recent Raymarine Evolution Autopilot with remote control (EV 1, EV 200, P 70, Smart Controller)
  • Raymarine ST60  log, water temp, knot meter
  • Raymarine ST60  digital depth sounder
  • Raymarine ST50 wind speed and direction
  • Garmin 400C Fish Finder at upper helm
  • Sony marine CD stereo with Bluetooth, remote control, sub-woofer, and speakers throughout the boat including cockpit
  • ICOM M504A VHF with loudhailer, fog horn
  • Commander III microphone in cockpit
  • ICOM M802 SSB with AT-140 tuner and well connected ground plane
  • Ubiquiti Bullet WiFi long range bridge with an Asus RT-AC66U router
  • NMEA 183, Seatalk, and N2K data networks all cross connected
  • Wireless security alarm system with IR sensor and remote FOB
  • FM/TV antenna on mizzen
  • VHF handheld
  • Spotlight

  • 5 KW Northern Lights Generator, (2004), 1005 hours
  • 120 AC distribution panel with circuit breakers
  • 12 V distribution panel with circuit breakers
  • Shore power connection and cords, 120V
  • 100 amp Freedom battery charger
  • 100 amp Balmar alternator with smart controller
  • 120V GFCI outlets throughout
  • Link 2000 multibank battery monitor
  • 1200 watt Balmar Inverter
  • AC power monitor
  • 12V outlets through most of boat
  • (2) 8D house batteries (2016)
  • 8D main eng. start (2015)
  • group 27 generator start battery
  • group 27 bow battery (thruster and windlass)
  • Navigation & Deck lights
  • LED anchor light
  • Spreader lights on main and mizzen
  • Idiot lights: Fresh and salt water pumps, fridge and freezer
  • Wiring diagrams


The deck is a hand laminated, solid glass (un-cored) one piece construction with teak overlay. The teak is in good condition and is a low-maintenance natural gray color. 

  • Helm has repeaters for navigational data in a Navipod, including:
    • ST60 Tri-data: depth, log, water speed, distance, trip, etc.
    • ST60  analog & digital, wind indicator
    • ST60 Graphic display for almost any navigational data
  • 12V outlet
  • The second RL70C is in a swivel NavPod and has navigational chips for Norfolk to the Keys.
  • Bow thruster control
  • Horn
  • Engine ignition stop & start
  • Raytheon Autopilot remote bracket
  • Dodger (2014)
  • Bimini and connector (2014)
  • MOM module mounted on stbd rail
  • Roskelley electric stern dinghy davit with hand control refurbished '04
  • Bow pulpit with 2 anchor rollers:
    • 70 # plow type anchor w/ 250' chain mounted on pulpit rigged ready
    • 45# Bruce with 200' of rope/chain rode also on pulpit rigged ready
  • 70# storm anchor with 250' of rope and chain, stored below broken down
  • Anchor bridles
  • Large Danforth-type anchor mounted on stern rail (rode below)
  • (6) large cleats & chocks
  • Bright teak handrails on S /S stanchions on aluminum toe rail
  • V2200 Maxwell Nilsson electric windlass (heavy duty, new motor)
  • Large anchor locker, drained
  • Three boarding gates; port, starboard, aft
  • Mystic Stainless fold-away ladder on port side
  • Stainless Magma Party Kettle BBQ
  • S/S destroyer wheel with elkhide cover
  • Cockpit scuppers
  • 11' 2" Avon RIB with extra seat and storage, anchor, PFDs, etc.
  • 15HP Nissan 4-stroke, electric start
  • Custom helm seat (very comfortable with commanding view; perfect for the ICW!)
  • Binnacle cover
  • Lifesling in canister
  • Folding stern swim ladder
  • PFDs
  • Docklines
  • Many spare lines, sail stops, spare rigging, etc.
  • Fenders (4) and fender boards (2)
  • (5) dorade vents
  • hatch over aft cabin
  • extra pair of bow chocks for 1 1/4" lines
  • Topsides Awlgripped white w/double boot and cove stripe (1992)
  • Bottom barrier-coated in 1992 and 2014
  • PSS dripless prop shaft seal installed 2006
  • Newly finished brightwork (2018)



  • VDO engine gauges
  • Engine hour log, oil pressure, transmission oil pressure, temperature, tachometer
  • Many recent engine updates such as new heat exchanger, exhaust elbow, hydraulic hoses, coolant water pump, etc.
  • 100a Balmar alternator with smart Max Charge regulator and spare swap in regulator
  • Fuel gauges and recent senders
  • Dual Racor fuel filter and polishing system with vacuum gauge
  • New port fuel tanks (2018)
  • Engine ignition and stop
  • Volt and amp meters
  • Vetus bowthruster
  • 3 bladed MAXprop feathering propeller
  • Emergency tiller
  • Teleflex Capilano hydraulic steering (cockpit and lower helm) recently refurbished
  • Borg Warner 2.1:1 transmission
  • Windshield wipers 2004 (4)
  • Fire suppression system eng. room
  • Generous access to engine spaces through 3 hatches
  • Remote main engine oil pump for hassle free oil changes
  • Raritan hot water heater, 110AC and heat exchanger (2016)
  • Water gauges and recent senders
  • Single lever Morse throttle & gear at both helms
  • Polyethylene holding tank at each head, 50 galls total;
  • Deck & overboard macerator discharge

Sails & Rigging

  • Main: Doyle Stack Pack, full-batten, tides track 2007
  • Folding mast steps to boom height
  • Boom: Selden single reef line furling (3 positions) with vang; reef and shake out from cockpit
  • Genoa: new Harken furler with OEM sail in good condition
  • Staysail: new Harken furler and new Mack staysail (2018)
  • Mizzen: Original sail in good condition with 2 reefs
  • Spinnaker with dowser and light pole
  • Secondary genoa (heavy weather)
  • Lewmar 48 ST primary winches
  • Andersen halyard & reefing winches
  • Harken control winches in cockpit (main sheet, port and starboard control lines with clutches)
  • Electric winch handle
  • Many extra lines, outhauls, blocks, preventer, etc.

Asking price: $159,880k

YachtWorld Listing: Click Here!

Contact: Greg Haught, United Yacht Sales, Stuart, FL, (772) 475-6030, GregHaught /at/ unitedyacht /dot/ com

Available for viewing near Stuart, FL

These are some pix we took at the first inspection tour and on board since then. Much has changed and the most recent pictures are at YachtWorld.

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This description offers some of the details of Aurora in good faith but we cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated.


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